Peppermint park renamed
The Medford community and the Town of Brookhaven have actively supported Sean Patrick Dixon and his family since his diagnosis of osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in 2015 and have continued to extend their support after he passed away last October. He was 16.
Community businesses and the Patchogue-Medford School District hosted events to raise funds for his chemotherapy treatments. Sean and his parents, Kimberly and Sean Dixon, expressed their gratitude for the community’s extensive emotional and financial support.
Sean was sworn in as a detective for a day at the Suffolk County Police Department on Aug. 1, 2017. The Hall of Fame Raider Courage Award, granted by the Patchogue-Medford Hall of Fame Booster Club to individuals battling adversity in their lives, was renamed the Sean Patrick Dixon Hall of Fame Courage Award in October of last year.
Community support has been extended now to the renaming of Peppermint Park to Sean P. Dixon Memorial Park on July 6, Sean’s birthday. More than 150 people attended the name-changing ceremony held at noon at the Route 112/Jamaica Avenue intersection in Medford. Councilman Neil Foley, supervisor Ed Romaine, Assemb. Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue) and several other public officials were in attendance.
The park’s renaming was spearheaded by Foley, who knew Sean well and has become close with his mother and father through Sean’s fight with the rare and aggressive form of cancer. Sean spent a lot of time playing sports at the park while in elementary and middle school.
Around the time that Sean was diagnosed in 2015, Peppermint Park underwent extensive renovation, as it had been unkempt. Medford residents refrained from visiting and bringing their children there to play in the years leading up to it. The $350,000 project completed that summer involved a reconstructed parking lot, fence installation, sodding, new playground equipment and tables and benches for the park.
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